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Illinois Disciplinary Board upholds lawyer’s 6 month suspension for, inter alia, keeping fees and “indefensibly outrageous” statements

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert which will discuss the recent Illinois Disciplinary Review Board report which recommended a 6 month suspension (with no automatic reinstatement) of a lawyer who failed to perform legal services for which he was retained, failed to return unearned fees, failed to communicate with clients and failed to Read More

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Indiana Supreme Court imposes public reprimand on lawyer who required non-compete provision in associate’s employment agreement

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert which will discuss the recent Indiana Supreme Court opinion which imposed a public reprimand on lawyer who required an associate to agree to a non-compete provision in an employment agreement and sent letters to the associate’s clients stating that he would be taking over the representation; however, Read More

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Ethics Alert – Iowa Supreme Court reprimands lawyer who billed corporate client for costs of sanctions which “resulted from his own lack of diligence and communication”

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert blog which will discuss the recent Iowa Supreme Court opinion which adopted a disciplinary report and imposed a reprimand on a lawyer who billed his corporate client for costs of attorney’s fee sanctions which “resulted from his own lack of diligence and communication”. The disciplinary opinion is: Read More

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Massachusetts Supreme Court imposes public reprimand on lawyer who lacked competence in electronic discovery and violated court order

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert blog which will discuss the recent opinion of the Massachusetts Supreme Court which adopted a stipulation and imposed a public reprimand on a lawyer whose “lack of experience in electronic discovery” resulted in the violation of a court order to preserve digital evidence.  The lawyer was found Read More

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West Virginia lawyer receives 30 day suspension for failing to move to correct sentencing order after repeated requests and promises to do so and after being admonished 5 previous times for similar misconduct

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert blog which will discuss a recent West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals opinion imposing a 30 day suspension on a lawyer who failed to communicate with a client on multiple occasions, failed to follow through to correct a sentencing order, and failed to respond to the Bar Read More

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Louisiana lawyer permanently disbarred for practicing law as in house counsel for WorldCom/Verizon after his disbarment

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert blog which will discuss the recent Louisiana Supreme Court opinion which permanently disbarred a lawyer who had been disbarred in Louisiana but worked as in house counsel for WorldCom after he was disbarred.  The case is In re: James David Turnage, No. 12-B-2008 (November 16, 2012).  The opinion Read More

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South Carolina lawyer receives reprimand after telling judge that he was retained and later failing to appear and claiming that there was no representation since no fee agreement was signed

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert blog which will discuss the recent South Carolina Supreme Court opinion reprimanding a lawyer for failing to attend court hearings on behalf of a client after telling the judge that he represented the person and then claiming in the discipline case that there was no representation since the Read More

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